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THE NEW NEIGHBOR
By Katherine Howe 1 "Have you called on the new neigh bors yet, mother?" "No," answered Mrs. Kirk. "And I don,'t think I shall be in a hurry to do so." Ogden Kirk looked up in a mysti fied, questioning way. It was his first .week-end visit .to tie new country iome where he and his mother ex pected to spend the summer. He . had hoped that their nearest neigh bor in the small house, whose lawn adjoined theirs, would prove com panionable to his mother, as she had no acquaintances in the neighbor hood. "What's the matter?" "Well, I haven't quite made out myself. All I can say, it's queer." . "What's queer?" " "The goings-on oyer there. I have seen no one about but a young girl, a grim-looking old woman and a scrub woman who pame in to clean. Yesterday the shrieks and moans and maniacal laughter were enough to curdle your blood. I was almost on the point of going over to see what was the matter, when I noticed-the Mold woman ouside, calmly weeding a flower bed, so I thought if she was so unconcerned over it, I would bet ter stay home. My solicitude would probably be resented." "Do you suppose," queried- the young man, "she has fits of insan ity?" - "It must be either that qr hyster ics. At any rate, it's uncomfortable and creepy. If I had known I was moving next door to a private asy lum I would have gone somewhere else." "I suppose the old woman is an attendant or some sort of keeper for the young lady. Too bad, isn't it?" "I should think so." Mrs. Kirk's tone was sharply em phatic. She was evidently thinking j of her own annoyance ratherlhan the plight of the girl which had been uppermost in her son's mind. "Perhaps," he soothed, "it is only temporary and won't go on long." "Perhaps," she assented, "But if it does " "Well, we will see," he said. The next Saturday when young Kirk arrived he jerked a significant There Was No Sound of Human Company. finger toward their neighbor and asked:, "What about it?" "She's had two or three attacks this week; goes on just about the same way." "I wonder if she is insane." "Well, a doctor has been there twice this week." " "How do you know it was a doctor?"